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Francis LaiUn Homme et Une Femme ... LP
Disc AZ, 1967. Near Mint- ... $14.99
One of the greatest soundtracks ever – an archetypal album from French composer Francis Lai, and a record that set the tone for countless other imitations to come – yet which is still the best! The groove here is really unique – a spare blend of bossa influences, jazzy organ lines, and wordless vocals that are sung beautifully by French singers Nicole Croisille and Pierre Barouh – and although a mainstream success, the record was the initial force behind the legendary Saravah imprint that Barouh would form later, to record a wide range of groundbreaking work in a variety of genres. But history aside, the music here is plenty – and from the very first note the whole soundtrack grabs you with a sense of warmth and sentiment that defy description – modes never heard before in the soundtrack world, and which really broke the mold from Hollywood conventions! Titles include the seminal bossa number "Samba Saravah", plus "A Man & A Woman", "Today It's You", "In Our Shadow", "At 200 MPH", and "Stronger Than Us". (Soundtracks, French) LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing. Cover has a small mark from sticker removal.)

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Michel Legrand/Matt Munro/Dusty SpringfieldParis Was Made For Lovers ... LP
ALA, Early 70s. Sealed ... $9.99
A wonderful little soundtrack from Michel Legrand – perhaps not as jazzy or groovy as some of his 60s work, but with some really nice moments! There's no getting over the infectious tune "Paris Was Made For Lovers" – a vocal number sung in English in two versions, both by Michel Legrand, in that fantastic raspy style that he always used back then. Also includes two other vocal gems – "A Place In Paris", sung by Matt Munro, and the dreamy "Sea & Sky", sung by Dusty Springfield. Other tracks are more orchestral, and titles include "Concerto For Cabs", "Pavanne For People", and "The Street Where They Lived". (Soundtracks, French) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Georges BrassensLe Mecreant – Georges Brassens 6 ... LP
Philips (France), Early 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $4.99
Wonderful work from George Brassens – a really twisted batch of tunes, played on acoustic guitar, and sung with some of the most out there lyrics in French pop at the time! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes booklet inside gatefold.)

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Claude FrancoisComme D'Habitude ... LP
Philips/Elemental (France), 1967. Sealed (reissue)... $13.99
Very groovy work from French singer Claude Francois – and a set that's got all the mod touches you might expect from his image on the cover! Claude gets some strong UK help here from arrangers Reg Guest and David Whitaker, who both give the tunes a nice sort of London punch – some complicated elements from time to time, including a few nice trippy touches – but a bottom groove on most numbers, thanks to some perfect use of electric bass in the rhythms! A few tunes are remakes of English numbers, sung by Claude with French lyrics – and titles include "La Martien", "Pardon", "Rien Rien Rien", "Ma Fille", "Mais Quand Le Matin", and "Ce Soir Je Vais Boire" – plus "Comme D'Habitude", which is the original version of "My Way". LP, Vinyl record album

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LiminanasMalamore ... LP
HoZac, 2016. New Copy ... $13.99
The Liminanas are looking hipper than ever on the cover of this album – and sounding hipper than ever too – really opening up that amazing sound that's made them one of our favorite French acts of the past decade or so! All the fuzz of previous records is still in place, but the vocals also seem to be a bit more upfront in the mix – not polished or commercial, but given this placement that really makes the whole thing sound even moodier and darker than before! There's a strong current between their music and classic modes from folks like Serge Gainsbourg and Jacques Dutronc – but the sound is definitely all their own. The set features guest appearances by Pascal Comelade and Peter Hook – and titles include "Dahlia Rouge", "Paradise Now", "The Train Creep A Loopin", "Zippo", "Garden Of Love", "El Sordo", "Prisunic", and "Athen IA". LP, Vinyl record album

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